[To see photos and stories of the savanna in other years, see the links on the main Twisted Oak Savanna page.]
This is the year we started our serious work on the savanna.
6/10/2013 This is what the old aspen woods had grown into – tall, thick, impenetrable brush – mostly honeysuckle, gray dogwood, and prickly ash.
9/16/2013 The places we had cleared and now mow annually look much more like savanna.
9/16/2013 Tinker’s Weed (Triosteum perfoliatum)
10/13/2013 This is the big, open-grown oak that we picked to start with. We decided to ‘liberate’ it.
10/13/2013 The first step – cutting and piling the brush around the oak.
10/26/2013 That was so much fun that we kept going.
11/10/2013 We made it all the way to Ragwort Opening – the small prairie opening at the right edge of the photo.
11/10/2013 This is the view looking north along the path. The west side (left) is looking more open – there’s still a lot to do on the east side of the path.
11/10/2013 Looking north with Ragwort Opening at the end.
11/10/2013 Our brush pile has gotten bigger.
11/30/2013 We learned how much fun it is to compare ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. This was taken before we’d cleared this area.
11/30/2013 This was taken later that same day – after we’d cleared around the big oak.
12/1/2013 This is at the south edge of the cleared savanna.
12/14/2013 The snow arrived, so we’re finished with that project until next year.